Fans of creepy thrillers are in store for a week of good fortune. The four-night miniseries "5 Days to Midnight" (8 p.m., Sci Fi) will keep you scratching your heads until Thursday. Timothy Hutton is perfectly cast as an emotionally detached, widowed physics professor named J.T. Neumeyer. The action opens in the present day, which happens to be the 10th anniversary of his wife's death and daughter Jesse's birth. On his way to work, a metal pole falls from a construction site, perforating his car and poking a hole through his briefcase and date book. After the good professor's students dismiss this as a wacky coincidence, things begin to get weird.
While visiting his wife's grave, he discovers a mysterious, futuristic briefcase containing unsettling police reports from five days in the future, detailing his own murder at a seedy strip club. At first, J.T. thinks it's a sick prank played by a wrapped-too-tightly grad student, but others suggest that he go to the police. At first, a gruff, doughnut-obsessed homicide detective (Randy Quaid) dismisses the discovery as a college hoax. But soon the coincidences begin to pile up, driving the professor to distraction -- and perhaps to his date with doom.
Tonight's other highlights
- "House Hunters" (6:30 p.m., HGTV) explores the real estate market in a different city every night this week.
- If necessary, ABC will broadcast Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (7 p.m., ABC). If not, the TV musical adaptation of "South Pacific," starring Harry Connick Jr., will air.
- Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth and Eugene Levy star in the 2002 sequel "American Pie 2" (7 p.m., Fox).
- Honeymoon on a guilt trip on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS).
- The only witness to a murder has serious mental problems on "CSI: Miami" (9 p.m., CBS).
- Alli Joseph is host of a "Black Tie BBQ" (9:30 p.m., Food Network).
Bill Murray and P.J. Harvey appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Jennifer Love Hewitt on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).
Bob Costas and Toby Lightman are scheduled on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Quentin Tarantino, Mary Tyler Moore, Charisma Carpenter and Los Lobos appear on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).